Category Archives: New Evangelization

Father Larry Richards Defends the Pope

“Ok, I have had it.” Father Larry Richards wrote on his Facebook page on Oct 28. There followed the first strong words of a defense of the Pope that reached a high point yesterday (Nov. 9). Father Richards is the Erie, Pa., priest who first gained national attention for his inspiring talks on confession. Anyone [...]

What is the oldest Catholic church in the United States?

It’s older than the oldest Puritan meetinghouse in Massachusetts.  It’s older than the oldest Episcopalian chapel in Jamestown, Virginia.  In fact, it’s the oldest American church of any denomination, period. It’s the San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Founded in 1610, ten years before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, the San Miguel [...]

Or Just Don’t Get Divorced

One of the dynamics that emerged during the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family was the apparent competition between two views of the marriage crisis and what was needed to address it. On the one hand, there was the view that the primary issue confronting the Church when it comes to marriage is the subset [...]

Chicago’s New Evangelization

In Chicago, there’s a new man in town: Archbishop Elect Blase Cupich. Since the announcement of his appointment to succeed Francis Cardinal George, American Catholics have been buzzing about him almost non-stop. Some have called him America’s Pope Francis. While he has created a veritable storm of media excitement, he’s also gotten Catholics thinking and talking about the future [...]

At Synod14, the Pope Has the Last Word

      The just-concluded Synod on the Family at the Vatican has proven to be as contentious and fraught with drama as any large family gathering, complete with squabbles, loose talk and finger-pointing (mostly from the Synod’s chattiest and most self-aggrandizing attendee, Germany’s Cardinal Kasper) not to mention questionable reporting, some sensible opining and a [...]

Who is Trying to Rig Synod14?

I ask the question in my headline because of reports like this from Edward Pentin in the National  Catholic  Register: “More and more there is talk in Rome that this synod is being engineered by groups intent on steering the Church in a heterodox direction, and increasingly evidence is coming to light that points to it. The first [...]

What the Synod Relatio Didn’t Say (And How It Didn’t Say It)

Once again, the Vatican has tripped over the English language and landed in a heap of trouble. Late in 2013, I posted a pair of articles at Breitbart.com dealing with issues surrounding the Vatican’s official English-language translation of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Click here and here for them, [...]

Prayers For Hunting

Autumn is in full swing, and that means a lot of good things are happening:  football and tailgating…raking leaves and wearing sweaters…hot cider and cinnamon donuts. Mmm, donuts. And for millions of Americans, autumn means something else besides the cranberry scones and the pumpkin spice lattes. It means hunting season. Books could be written (books [...]

10 Things That Would Not Exist if Atheists Were Right

1. Tolerance Tolerance can only exist if truth exists. If moral relativism is right — if “my truth” and “your truth” are equally valid, and there is no absolute truth we both have to seek — then the only way we can settle differences is by force. The strongest will win, not the truest. Tolerance [...]


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